Address of CSA President Jefferson Davis, 1882
This speech was delivered on April 25, 1882 by Jefferson Davis, former president of the Confederate States of America, before the Southern Historical Society in New Orleans. In it, Davis praises the Battle of Sabine Pass as a victory worthy of comparison to the battle of Thermopylae. He urges the Society to preserve the memory of Confederate "heroes" like Dick Dowling, whom he describes as "gallant," and he criticizes the idea of an "impartial" or "disinterested account" of the Civil War. It is the "duty" of Southerners, Davis argues, to "celebrate" battles like Sabine Pass.
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
"Address of President Davis," Southern Historical Society Papers 10, no. 5 (May 1882): 225-233.
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